Tips for preparing your top and backing

  1. Press the quilt top so seams are flat.
  2. Square up your quilt. Make sure the top width is equal to the bottom width and the right side is equal to the left side.
  3. If your backing is pieced, make sure the grain of the fabric is running the same direction with all the pieces. If possible, take a 1/2" seam and press open.
  4. Square up the backing. Please trim all sides of the backing so it is square. Make sure the top width is equal to the bottom width and the right side is equal to the left side.
  5. Your batting and backing should be at least 4-6 inches larger than your top on all sides. Therefore the total size of the back and batting should be at least 8 inches wider and longer than the top. This is necessary for loading your quilt on the longarm machine frame. As the quilt is rolled up on the roller more backing is necessary to ensure that there is enough at the bottom of the quilt.
  6. If you prefer, I can supply you with the batting. We can discuss your options at the consultation. Click on "Batting" for the types I usually have on hand.
  7. If adding any embellishments such as beads, buttons, ribbon, etc., please do so after the quilting.